When the main character got attacked and wasted time "looking up the phone number for the police", I realized this was pre-911, and apparently pre dial-the-operator-in-an-emergency, too. The character was dumb (I don't mean poorly written, I mean she was an idiot). Supposedly a sophisticated and savvy academy award nominated screenwriter, the victim was so vain, she cleaned herself up after an attack, ruining her credibility. I hate books where you're yelling at your playback device things like, "Don't do that, you moron!"
I don't need an audio book for that -- I can yell things like that at my TV! Huge disappointment and I agree 100% with other reviewers -- the recording date means nothing. We want to know when the book was written. One of the cops was talking about EST and other 1970s references and it was just too hard to switch gears mid-read. If I'd known going into this that it was written in the 70s, I might have had a different mind frame. Wish I didn't waste a credit or my time.
There is a website that's so well done and was released weeks before the book, so I couldn't wait for the book to come out. The site is fun if you have a decent graphics card because it allows you to poke around The Pendleton.
SPOILER ALERT: The premise of this book is that a big, old creepy house with a violent history is situated on a rift of space and time. Every 38 years going both backward in time and forward, a rift occurs, meshing all of the worlds at once.
It was such a fun and interesting twist on the classic haunted house, I couldn't wait! But there was over a dozen characters and they all seemed to be main characters. That made each person's hopes, dreams, fears and goals tricky to follow and then when one dies on you, you just think, "Well, so much for him and everything he hoped would happen!" and it seemed like a plot point and not a person.
The narrator's voice just bugged me. I recently listened to 11/22/63 and it was narrated by Craig Wasson, an actor I'm a little fond of but thought, "Audio book narration? No way!" Yes he did an amazing job. Meanwhile, this narrator, Peter Berkrot, just didn't snag me and he did a strange thing, too, which may have been something the director told him to do: He changed his speaking voice depending on who was being talked about.
Example: When he began narrating about the aging Cupp Sisters (two women in their 80s), his voice got all craggy and "little old lady" sounding (like Granny from Tweety Bird & Sylvester) when he was NOT doing their dialog! Just when he was talking about what they were doing and thinking. And since it was not written in the first person, it was just weird and distracting.
Over all, I loved the premise, loved the fantasy/futuristic/Orwellian themes it presented, but wish he'd have chosen fewer characters and made their existence mean something in the grand scheme of things.
If you have a credit about to expire, I recommend it.
I simply love PG Wodehouse and I found myself laughing out loud as I was driving. At one point, Bertie finds himself up against a vicious little Scottie dog and he said, "The dog was giving me the fish eye and muttering under his breath in Gaelic." This sort of wit and humor is timeless and the narrative style of Wodehouse along with the narrator's perfect reading made this a joy. Highly recommended!!
This was my first Agatha Christie book. I may have read some of her books when I was younger, but none leap to mind. I really enjoyed the suspense and the twists. I recommend this fun read. It's never who you think it is!!
As a side note, I decided to read Christie after reading the book Christietown, a modern book about a housing development built in the style of Agatha Christie by one of her descendants.
Being a big fan of the (old) TV series, I had high expectations for this release. Sadly, the writing is so far below par for anything Rod Serling would have been proud to have associated with his name, he is probably rolling over in his grave.
There is the expected ironic twist to in each story, but anyone with an IQ over 75 can guess what it'll be in the first 5 minutes. Interestingly, and perhaps redeemingly, these stories are easy enough to follow that they may be genuinely enjoyed by children ages 10-15 years old. The subject matter is not that harsh, and the bad guy always gets it in the end.
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